With summer vacation in full effect, families are drawn to the local playground. "Yeah, we're avid park goers," said Abbie Johnson, a mother of four. Johnson takes her children to the park partially so they can burn off energy, but also out of necessity. "Many mothers would agree with me that it is very challenging in the summer time, particularly, to get our children to be agreeable to going to an indoor gym and waiting on you to get your workout in," Johnson said. Lucky for her and other busy parents, the local park can be their gym. "A playground like this is a great one," said Steve Moore, an exercise physiologist from West Health in Plymouth. "Great location we're at. You've got plenty of equipment, you could get a full body workout." Moore had Johnson demonstrate various exercises parents can do at the playground. With a simple park bench, you can do a couple variations of push-ups to work out your chest. "The more of an angle you've got, the farther back her feet are, the harder it's gonna be," Moore said. For back exercises, you can use a swing to do a "standing row." Parents can also utilize the swing to work their abs by doing an alternating knee tuck. The farther back you are on the swing, the more challenging it's going to be. "Definitely the money area," Johnson said. Parents don't, however, have to rely on playground equipment for their workout. You can grab your kids and do a set of lunges, sans equipment. "Great for balance, great for your glutes, your quads, a great lower body, major lower body exercise," Moore said. Bottom line, it's a great alternative to sitting on the sidelines while the kids burn off energy. "It's just good to target your arms, your core, that stomach after we've had all these kids for the love of god," Johnson said with a laugh. For a full list of exercises you can do at the park, along with descriptions of how to do them properly, you can go to the Allina Health website. Delane Cleveland, reporting http://twelve.tv Learn about our mobile app - http://bit.ly/CH12app http://twitter.com/12sports http://twitter.com/12localnews http://www.facebook.com/12localnews
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